Letters to the Editor: Food article omits the positive experiences at Charleston Wine + Food | Letters to the Editor

With the Charleston Wine + Food Festival suspended, supporters say it's time for a reassessment

Today I am writing on behalf of the Board of Directors of Charleston Wine + Food.

We are very grateful and admire our employees, talents, volunteers, partners and community members who have invested their hearts and souls in making this event a success.

While we refute a lot in Hanna Raskin’s article in Wednesday’s Post and Courier, this answer focuses on one facet of her reporting. We pride ourselves on the smart management of the festival team and the organization’s commitment to our local community.

Organizing a festival lasting several days with more than 100 events brings with it complexities that are hard to imagine. We are an organization that is evolving and making decisions with integrity. We appreciate feedback and try to improve because we know we can’t be perfect. Our goal will always be to put the spotlight and elevate the community we serve.

Community is the soul of this festival, and we saw on social media last week that many were mourning its absence this season. Her love was unfortunately missing from Ms. Raskin’s article, which did not include any findings from satisfied partners, chefs, staff, and volunteers who came forward during her reporting.

Ms. Raskin says that given the perceived trifles and the unfortunate consequences of human error, individuals are “sad” about our future. While we are sad to hear from someone who is unhappy, in the spirit of fair and balanced journalism, we would suggest that it is equally “sad” when the positive experiences of thousands of supporters are omitted.

We are excited to see what lies ahead.

STEVE PALMER

President of the Board of Directors of Charleston Wine + Food

Line Street

Charleston

Oyster farming

The battle for floating oyster farms breaks out again as the SC bill could interrupt the summer harvest

In the post office and courier service on Saturday, Senator Sandy Senn, R-Charleston, is firmly against oyster farming.

A boating accident was reported in the article.

Under the Code of Federal Regulations, all tidal waters are federal waters.

The navigation channels are marked Coast Guard Aid to Navigation, where boaters should and should not be outside the channel while sailing.

These unmarked streams require the captain to work carefully. Boating accidents with an oyster cage may be due to the lack of a proper lookout, which is required by the rules of navigation.

Oyster farms should be allowed outside of these marked channels and carefully positioned in unmarked streams taking into account shipping traffic.

Senator Senn, with whom I rarely disagree, has wrongly objected to this helpful environmental process, which provides me and my fellow citizens with much-needed jobs and food.

These waterways aren’t just for those with a waterfront home.

I suggest that the Senator take a boat trip in any area of ​​Senate District 41 that has farm permits so she can see for herself that these farmers are very well caring for their floating cages because they provide income.

All cages and crab pots in a marked channel should be removed by law enforcement and the owner should be brought in for obstruction of a waterway.

With sufficient feedback, Senator Senn may drop these proposed restrictions.

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ROBERT KLOWAS

Ashley Crossing Drive

Charleston

Loan forgiveness

Comment: Biden's spending plan gets Swing State Democrats in trouble

The student loan efforts touted by President Joe Biden are bad as government policy and worse as an example for young people.

Many of us saved up to send our children to college while having to work summer and part time to cover their living expenses. You grew up with more and more responsibility.

If approved, the parents and students who took the lending route would pay the bills a second time by paying the bills of others through their taxes. And we’d all pay at some point if we added unsustainable federal debt.

The idea of ​​bailing out debtors because of excessive college prices is always reminiscent of one of the most moving scenes in the wonderful film “Cinderella Man” from the time of the Depression.

The film records the heavyweight fight between outsider Jim Braddock and Max Baer. Braddock, injured and unemployed, reluctantly stands in line for government assistance to support his family.

Later in the film, he lands a job on the docks. Braddock lines up at the government office to repay what he was given.

It is a great lesson in personal responsibility at a time of incredible need.

Today President Biden and his supporters want us to believe that they can always offer a government solution that is “free”.

What a sad comment. And how stupid these parents and children will have been to believe they had a responsibility to use the college years as a stepping stone to maturity.

CLARK THOMPSON

Pignatelli crescent

Mount Pleasant

Domestic terrorists

SC man charged in US Capitol riot disguised as Antifa, family said he stole police equipment

The Guantanamo Bay detention center is a terrorist deterrent. Those detained there were not brought to justice.

I know why we wouldn’t, but wouldn’t the same standards prevent domestic terrorists from forcibly entering the US Capitol?

PAUL FLAHERTY

Atlantic Avenue

Sullivan’s island

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